Feeds

Palm drowns Foleo at birth

Let's work on core stability, first

Best practices for enterprise data

"Foleo is the most exciting product I have ever worked on," Palm founder Jeff Hawkins, May 2007

Palm Foleo

Palm today killed the Foleo, a sub-notebook or "mobile companion", before shipping one unit to the public. In a blog entry on the corporate website, Palm boss Ed Colligan said the company must concentrate all efforts on "our next generation platform and the first smartphones that will bring this platform to market".

That doesn't mean Palm is scrapping products based on Microsoft Windows Mobile - not yet anyway - but it does mean that it's ditching Foleo, a Linux-based device, with its own development platform. The Foleo cancellation will shave "less than $10m" from Palm's earnings.

In May, Palm founder Jeff Hawkins trumpeted the Foleo as a new class of mobile computing. In other words it is almost laptop-sized and does internety- emaily- smartphoney -type things. Our report on Hawkins's Foleo musings, complete with now-evaporated spec, is here.

Colligan thanked "loyal developers" for supporting Foleo. "I know that they will understand that the right thing to do for the long run is to focus on one platform that will live for years, rather than invest energy in a one-off solution. We will make every effort to make sure we bring our developers forward to our next generation platform." Somewhat presumptuous, maybe, but Colligan appears to have good pitch: at time of writing, reader comments appended to his announcement on the Palm website are mostly in favour of the move.

So, it is to be one Palm "experience" built on smartphones, then definitely maybe extended to mobile companions. But when? As late as May, Palm said it would have ready for launch smartphones based on Palm OS II, as the new dev platform is called. Then in July, Colligan revealed that Palm would not have devices based on OS II until next year.

As for a mobile companion? Colligan today said the company will "do Foleo II based on our new platform", but he wouldn't hazard a guess on timing. As Foleo 1 will never see the light of day, it may be more sensible to call Foleo II, "Foleo". ®

Recommendations for simplifying OS migration

More from The Register

next story
Trying to sell your house? It'd better have KILLER mobile coverage
More NB than transport links to next-gen buyers - study
iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple
BLE-ding iPhones, not NFC bonkers, will drive trend - marketeers
Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage
Still doing 'forensics' on the caching layer – Beeb digi wonk
Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
They can take our lives, but they'll never take our SPECTRUM
NBN Co adds apartments to FTTP rollout
Commercial trial locations to go live in September
Samsung Z Tizen OS mobe is post-phoned – this time for good?
Russian launch for Sammy's non-droid knocked back
Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms
Readers chat to the pair who flog the tech
prev story

Whitepapers

7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?